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Data protection law scholars of the world, unite! (in little groups?) Towards a global data protection network?

  • July 16, 2021

Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster moderates the panel 'Data protection law scholars of the world, unite! (in little groups?) Towards a global data protection network?' at CPDP LatAm 2021 taking place from July 14th to 16th 2021. The panel takes place on July 16th (Room 3), 10:00-11:30 BRT/ 16:00-17:30 CEST.

In light of the growing importance of data protection laws across the world, there is an increased need for robust international expert networks in the field. Data protection authorities have been meeting regularly for decades already, in a variety of regional and global events (cf. the ICDPPC, now the Global Privacy Assembly), and there is also a significant rise in networks of privacy professional, synchronizing in numerous and dynamic structures (e.g. IAPP). To our knowledge, however, there are no real equivalent networks in the academic community, at least on the same scale. Indeed, despite some notable exceptions such as the Asian Privacy Scholars Network (APSN), there exist no international networks of scholars devoted to furthering research and education on data protection law. Thus, scholars working in the field lack equivalent networks through which to exchange information, be in contact with each other, and reach to and support newcomers. Can this be changed? Taking as a starting point the launch of the Data Protection Scholars Network, in Europe, this panel aims at discussing:

  • What can we learn from experiences like the APSN?
  • How can new initiatives foster diversity in data protection scholarship? Are language barriers the ultimate challenge?
  • How does coordination look like from a Latin American viewpoint?
  • Could a global data protection network be a useful objective, or should coordination between existing initiatives be the priority?

Moderator: Gloria González Fuster, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


  • Graham Greenleaf, UNSW Australia Faculty of Law
  • Margot Kaminski, University of Colorado
  • Judith Rauhofer, Digital Freedom Fund (DFF)
  • Luca Belli, FGV Law School
  • Bruno Bioni, Rede Latino-Americana de Estudos sobre Vigilância, Tecnologia e Sociedade/LAVITS & Data Privacy Brasil

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